I’ve got nothing today, so let’s kick off our open thread a little early this week. My question to you: If you had to set the 2011 Padres lineup, what would it look like?
Of course, other topics are fair game as well. Whatever floats your boat…
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- More pitching appearances are coming with zero days’ rest (Baseball-Reference). The number was around 10% in 1920, 15% in the ’50s, and 20% or more since the early-’90s.
- Ladies’ first: Siegal makes history at Tribe camp (MLB.com). Rob Dibble must be seething. I love this quote: “If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball, what else will she believe she can’t do? This is the greatest game on earth, so why shouldn’t we all play it?” Amen.
- MLB Dreamjob (MLB.com). From the press release: “The winner of this Dream Job promotion will move to NYC to star in a baseball web series and be a part of a live interactive experience for baseball fans that will include watching every MLB game over the course of the entire baseball season (simultaneously when multiple games are on at the same time), blogging opinions, interacting with fans through social media and appearing in video blogs.” If this sounds like fun to you, give it a shot.
- 2011 Top 100 Prospects (Baseball America). Padres on the list include RHP Casey Kelly (no. 31), RHP Simon Castro (no. 58), and 1B Anthony Rizzo (no. 75). Notable omission: Jaff Decker, who appears to have slipped in the eyes of many evaluators. I find it highly unlikely that there are 100 better prospects in the minor leagues than Decker, but whatever. There’s something to be said for being underestimated.
- Padres Affiliate Blog Network? (Watson Files). Quoth Dan: “So in the near future, we could have the start of a Padres Affiliate Blog Network. We talked about having guest entries from one another, updating Fort Wayne readers on how our alums are doing, profiling TinCaps who get promoted to Lake Elsinore so the Storm fans know what they’re getting, etc.” Yes, please!
- Dear Padres Fans: This Is Curt Flood’s Fault… (Avenging Jack Murphy). It’s worth noting (or not) that former Padres first baseman Willie Montanez was part of the trade that Flood rejected.
- Jack Glasscock (SABR Baseball Biography Project). A friend of mine who isn’t a baseball fan happened to mention this guy the other day (life is random that way)… kinda cool. Glasscock was a darned good player in his day (kinda sorta the 19th century version of Garry Templeton), and as nicknames go, they don’t get much better than “Pebbly Jack.”
- Heard, but not seen … (Who’s your Padre?). Corey Brock is blogging again and shares an amusing Orlando Hudson anecdote — the first of many to come this year, I’m sure.
- Is it Better to be an Elite Run Producing or Run Preventing Team? (Beyond the Box Score). Survey says: yes.
- Padres giving prospects extra attention (Padres.com). From the article: “A group of 30 of the Padres’ top Minor League players will report early to Peoria this week to take part in the team’s annual minicamp for many of its top lower-level prospects.” Among the participants is 2009 first-round draft pick Donavan Tate, who is trying to get his injury-plagued career back on track… Speaking of Tate, Peter Friberg wonders whether the Padres would have been better off not signing him.